In this Disney World toddler packing list we cover what to pack for Disney World with toddlers from things to help them nap, clothes, food and more.
In my opinion visiting Disneyworld with toddlers is one of the most magical times to visit. However, if you are traveling with toddlers it does take a bit more thought and time spent on what to pack for them. In this guide we will break down what to pack for Disney World with toddlers from home and what you should add to your Disney World day pack for toddlers to ensure you are covered for every eventuality and make sure you and your toddler have the a magical day at the most magical place on earth!
Please note that this Disney World toddler packing list is applicable whatever park you are going to. However if you want more inspiration on outfits inspired by characters check out our individual park guides as well as our toddler guides at each individual park:
- Animal Kingdom with toddlers
- Epcot with toddlers
- Hollywood Studios with Toddlers
- Magic Kingdom with toddlers
- Magic Kingdom toddler rides
And if you are going to Disneyland then be sure to check out our dedicated guide on What to Pack for Disneyland with toddlers
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What to pack for Disney World with toddlers (Clothing)
In my opinion, toddlers are one of the best ages to visit Disney World even if each park caters to differ age groups in different ways. For my toddler, one of the best things about visiting Disney World is doing all of the character meet and greets.
And one way in which she gets a great character interaction is by dressing up in their outfits.
Now although Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a great experience for children especially toddlers, it is an expensive endeavour. One way to ensure both great character interactions as well as to save money on experiences is to bring costumes with you.
We recommend either buying on Amazon or at Target as these have the best value costumes that we have found.
Next read: best questions to ask Disney princesses
Now if your toddler isn’t into dressing up, no problem there is still plenty of ways they can theme their outfits. Grab a T shirt with their favourite Disney character on. We like to pick a t shirt to match a character we know that we want to meet (check out our guide on best questions to ask Disney Characters to help enhance your interaction).
Alternatively you could get matching family Disney vacation t shirts which make for some great family photographs at Disney.
Or if you want to pay homage to your toddler’s favorite character without using a costume you could Disneybound – which is matching your outfit to the characters costume without actually dressing up – check out this post for more information on how to Disneybound).
Now although your toddler may not be able to ride the water rides at Disney World like Splash Mountain or the River Rapids, there is always a chance of heavy rain in Florida.
I recommend trying to pack ponchos for your whole family. There are even cute Disney ones available which will be much cheaper than buying them the park. For this reason we recommend buying therein advance.
Whatever month you are visiting Florida, you will find the sun is strong. Therefore it is essential to pack a sun hat for your toddler.
As I said above, the sun is always strong in Florida therefore it is imperative that you get your toddler some sunglasses. I would recommend getting them used to wearing both the sunhat and sunglasses before you travel to ensure that they stay sun safe.
Any parent who has traveled with a toddler before will tell you the importance of packing spare outfits for your toddler whatever the destination.
Of course, there are plenty of places at Disney World to buy new Disney toddler outfits however these are quite pricey, having spares with you will definitely save you a small fortune.
Generally speaking I tend to pack 1-2 spare outfits per day for my toddler in my Disney day pack depending on the weather how long I expect to be the parks and depending on how messy your toddler usually is.
Even though Disney World tends to have year round good weather, there are definitely cooler days. And if you want to stay into the evening to watch some of the shows such as Harmonious or see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom then you will want to make sure you have an extra layer for them.
Any hoodie will do but there are some super cute Disney ones on the market.
What are the best shoes for Disney World for Toddlers
Comfy shoes are important for Disney whatever age you are. Both of my children as toddlers preferred shoe for Disney was a croc.
They are comfy for lots of walking but also cope well on water rides and in the rain. And as an added bonus you can get lots of Crocs in different Disney themes. My son has a pair of Lightening McQueen ones that he loves. But there are plenty of varieties available.
If you need Disney World shops and the Disney World resorts will also have a limited amount of Disney crocs available for sale should you need an emergency pair.
However if you or your little one doesn’t like Crocs, or you just want an alternative pair of shoes for them, you can’t go wrong with a sneaker.
And if you want themed pairs there are plenty available.
What to pack for Disney World with toddlers in your Disney Day Pack
Note: there are plenty of baby care centers at all of the Disney World parks however it isn’t always convenient to use them if you are traveling in a group so this is intended for those who want their toddlers to nap on the go.
The number one thing you need for nap times at Disney World is a stroller.
If your little ones are anything like mine you will find that they fight naps at Disney World. I find having a stroller with a good sun shade and good recline can really help your toddler to nap in the parks.
For more information on the best stroller and best double stroller to take to Disney World check out this post. And be sure to check out our Disney stroller hacks for some surprising tips to make your day in the parks much much easier.
Florida can get very humid. Adding to this the crowds at Disney World, it can become a hot and sweaty place pretty quickly. Be sure to take a stroller fan with you to help keep your little one cool as you push them around the parks.
Note: there are fans with misters available in the parks however you will pay a much higher premium for them so we always take one with us. We have found amazon to have the best value ones.
Blanket / Toy
If your child has a blanket or toy that helps them sleep then be sure to pack this. However you will need to be very vigilant to make sure you don’t loose something precious by it dropping out of the stroller.
Although when you think of Florida you think of the beautiful weather associated with the Sunshine state. However it does get rainy days. The rainy season in Florida runs from mid May to Mid October, however you can get early or late season storm and rain can occur at any time.
There would be nothing worse than leaving your stroller in stroller parking in sunny weather only to come out to find it soaked because of a rain storm. For that reason we recommend always traveling to Florida with a rain cover and putting it over the stroller anytime you park it up if rain is forecast that day.
The Florida sun is strong. Be sure to keep your little one safe by having a plentiful supply of sunscreen with you.
Hopefully your toddler won’t need any medication while you are at Disney World. However if they take regular medication be sure to pack it and check storage instructions and plan accordingly for how to take it into the parks. Disney do provide some storage for those with medications that need to be refrigerated.
Also we always, no matter the destination travel with a travel first aid kit and some baby paracetamol just in case it is needed.
Although a stroller is my go to for taking a toddler to Disney World, a carrier can also be helpful. For instance if you are joining a long queue where strollers are not allowed it can be handy to have a carrier with you to pop your little one into.
We do however recommend picking a hot weather carrier to ensure you and your little one don’t overheat in the Florida weather.
I know reins are an item that really divides people however they are worth considering taking. My little one loves to walk but the crowds at Disney are immense and he can be runner. WE therefore find that reins can give him some freedom while allowing us to stay close.
We prefer to use the backpack style reins.
Autograph Book and pen
You will definitely want a souvenir of your little ones trip to Disney and a great way to collect memories is with an autograph book.
You can buy these in the parks but you will pay a premium for it. Therefore we recommend ordering one from Amazon or Etsy in advance.
However if you forget the nearby targets and Disney outlet stores should have some for reasonable prices (read cheaper than the parks).
If you are looking for ideas on how to collect autographs but don’t want to use an autograph book be sure to check out our post on the best alternatives to autograph books for Disney.
Disney World Toddler Packing List Checklist
- Rain Cover
- Clothes (2-3 sets per day)
- Sneakers / Sandals
- Wet Wipes
- Swim Diapers
- Changing Mat
- Sippy Cup
- Snack Bowl
- Ear Defenders
- Autograph Book